Steve Spurrier: Nick Saban hasn’t maxed out Alabama’s potential

Is Steve Spurrier telling Nick Saban that he needs to get of the office more often? (AP)

Is Steve Spurrier telling Nick Saban that he needs to get of the office more often? (AP)

Steve Spurrier likes taking his hacks, on and off the golf course.

His love for golf has been well documented, and he’s well known for his prodding fellow coaches with well-placed barbs.

Spurrier needled Alabama coach Nick Saban in a Sunday story in The State.

South Carolina’s football coach talks about his golf game and his work ethic, comparing the amount of hours he puts in to those worked by Saban and his staff.

“I told Nick Saban one time, I said, ‘Nick, you don’t have to stay there until midnight and your teams would be just as good and win just as many.’ He said, ‘If I could do it the way you do it, I would, but I don’t feel comfortable unless I try to cover every base, every angle, be totally prepared.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s probably why you do it.’ When I come out there, I feel comfortable we are ready to play. We have our game plan in, going to call this, call that and so forth. Everybody is different as far as when they feel they are totally prepared.”

The article continues, with Spurrier perhaps saying that Saban should be doing more considering the time he puts in and Alabama’s top-ranked recruiting classes.

If he worked longer hours “would we be 12-1 instead of 11-2? Oh, you’re kidding. I haven’t heard anybody say that really, but if you wanted to, you can find faults with anybody if they don’t win them all. How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He’s won two. He’s won three nationals, but he’s only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don’t know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could.”

So is Spurrier saying that Saban has underachieved at Alabama? Sounds that way, according to Spurrier.


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